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Another long weekend away

We spent another weekend camping in Jasper, exploring some new areas, and making great memories!

Jasper is one of our favourite places. We put in the effort to go on as many weekend getaways there as we can since we’re so fortunate to live fairly close to the majestic town.

We split our long workout days again so someone could stay with Harold. I set off for my bike on Saturday. It was pretty cold when I started, but I wore my hydration pack so I could take off some layers.

I also had my trusty bear spray by my side since I’m terrified of running into a grizzly! I’m always super nervous of wildlife, and my husband always tells me not to be. I worked myself up before the ride but was so relaxed when I was out there. Along the way I saw a coyote, many elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. I was a bit apprehensive of the elk since they have their babies now and are extra protective. Luckily they completely ignored me when I rode by!

I did the same ride my husband did last time, up Maligne Lake Road to Medicine Lake. It’s a stunning road with a lot of inclines on the way there. My ride got cut a bit short since there was a group of bighorn sheep in the middle of the road and they wouldn’t move! I didn’t want to get too close so turned around a few miles early.

I got to stop, fuel, and visit with Kelly and Harold since they came to hike by there so they could see me in case I needed anything,

I cruised on the way back down and saw so many other riders. It’s a phenomenal ride!

After I ate and cleaned up we took to the trails for an easy hike of the Valley of Five Lakes. It’s another little gem with striking blue lakes set on an idyllic mountain backdrop. (By the way, we saw a bear in the ditches on our drive to this hike!)

On Sunday Kelly was supposed to go for a long ride but came back after a couple hours and serious bike trouble. We walked into Jasper so he could buy new tires. While we were there we found a solution to one of our problems.

We work Harold too hard sometimes, exhausting him when we’re on holidays or camping weekends. When we camped last year we would take him for trail runs and half-day hikes on the same day. When we were in Oregon in September, we had to carry him back to the campsite every single day since we were always out exploring.

Harold was exhausted by the end of his second hike of the day on Saturday.

We tried a front pack (like a backpack but for a dog to sit on the front of your chest), but he’s too big. So when we were in Jasper we bought a baby jogger!! (I can admit that I’m a crazy dog lady!)

We had to test it out so took him on a run as soon as we could. Although he’s super high energy, he sat it in just fine when he was exhausted. It was hilarious and lots of tourists thought it was pretty funny, too.

Kelly was going to go for a ride the next day since he bought new tires, but a  spoke ended up breaking and he didn’t have the proper replacement. We ended up calling it a weekend and came home tired and anxiously waiting our next weekend getaway!

What adventures did you go on this weekend?